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Results of the monitoring program of pesticide residues in organic food of plant origin in Lombardy (Italy).
J Environ Sci Health B. 2007 Sep-Oct; 42(7):835-41.JE

Abstract

Organic agriculture, with its restrictions on the use of synthetic chemical inputs, seems to offer a low-residue alternative to conventional methods. In Europe, the Council Regulation n. 2092/91/EEC regulates the production and trade of organic products and foodstuffs; national and regional legislation in Italy gives specific guidance on the surveillance of organic agriculture. However, monitoring of specific chemical residues in organic foodstuffs is part of the regular controls on food, aiming to safeguard consumer's health. Monitoring programs are coordinated at the national level by the Ministry of Health and at local level by Regional authorities. In Lombardy, in accordance with the provisions of the General Directorate of Health of the Region and under the supervision of the 15 Local Health Units, a monitoring program of pesticide residues in food of plant origin is undertaken every year. The International Centre for Pesticides and Health Risk Prevention (ICPS), on behalf of the General Directorate of Health of the Region of Lombardy, has been collecting and elaborating the data resulting from the analysis of food samples, carried out by the local laboratories. During the period 2002-2005, a total of 3508 samples food of plant origin were analyzed for pesticide residues, among which were 266 samples of organic farming products. Commodities were classified into groups (citrus fruits, legumes, vegetables, potatoes, processed products, cereals, and fruit other than citrus) and the outcomes of the analyses were reported by year, origin of the sample and presence/absence of pesticide residues. Results showed that the vast majority of organic farming products were in conformity with the relevant legislation and did not contain detectable pesticide residues. A limited amount of samples had residues at concentration below the Maximum Residue Limit (MRL). Only in one sample the residue level was above the MRL, however it did not pose a concern for public health, as demonstrated by the outcomes of dietary risk assessment. Organic fruits and vegetables can be expected to contain fewer agrochemical residues than conventionally grown alternatives. There is a widespread belief that organic agriculture products are safer and healthier than conventional foods. It is difficult to come to conclusions, but what should be made clear to the consumer is that "organic" does not automatically equal "safe". In the absence of adequate comparative data, additional studies in this area of research are required.

Authors+Show Affiliations

International Centre for Pesticides and Health Risk Prevention, Hospital Luigi Sacco, Milan. voula.tasiopoulou@icps.itNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

17763041

Citation

Tasiopoulou, Stavroula, et al. "Results of the Monitoring Program of Pesticide Residues in Organic Food of Plant Origin in Lombardy (Italy)." Journal of Environmental Science and Health. Part. B, Pesticides, Food Contaminants, and Agricultural Wastes, vol. 42, no. 7, 2007, pp. 835-41.
Tasiopoulou S, Chiodini AM, Vellere F, et al. Results of the monitoring program of pesticide residues in organic food of plant origin in Lombardy (Italy). J Environ Sci Health B. 2007;42(7):835-41.
Tasiopoulou, S., Chiodini, A. M., Vellere, F., & Visentin, S. (2007). Results of the monitoring program of pesticide residues in organic food of plant origin in Lombardy (Italy). Journal of Environmental Science and Health. Part. B, Pesticides, Food Contaminants, and Agricultural Wastes, 42(7), 835-41.
Tasiopoulou S, et al. Results of the Monitoring Program of Pesticide Residues in Organic Food of Plant Origin in Lombardy (Italy). J Environ Sci Health B. 2007 Sep-Oct;42(7):835-41. PubMed PMID: 17763041.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Results of the monitoring program of pesticide residues in organic food of plant origin in Lombardy (Italy). AU - Tasiopoulou,Stavroula, AU - Chiodini,Alessandro M, AU - Vellere,Francesca, AU - Visentin,Sara, PY - 2007/9/1/pubmed PY - 2007/12/7/medline PY - 2007/9/1/entrez SP - 835 EP - 41 JF - Journal of environmental science and health. Part. B, Pesticides, food contaminants, and agricultural wastes JO - J Environ Sci Health B VL - 42 IS - 7 N2 - Organic agriculture, with its restrictions on the use of synthetic chemical inputs, seems to offer a low-residue alternative to conventional methods. In Europe, the Council Regulation n. 2092/91/EEC regulates the production and trade of organic products and foodstuffs; national and regional legislation in Italy gives specific guidance on the surveillance of organic agriculture. However, monitoring of specific chemical residues in organic foodstuffs is part of the regular controls on food, aiming to safeguard consumer's health. Monitoring programs are coordinated at the national level by the Ministry of Health and at local level by Regional authorities. In Lombardy, in accordance with the provisions of the General Directorate of Health of the Region and under the supervision of the 15 Local Health Units, a monitoring program of pesticide residues in food of plant origin is undertaken every year. The International Centre for Pesticides and Health Risk Prevention (ICPS), on behalf of the General Directorate of Health of the Region of Lombardy, has been collecting and elaborating the data resulting from the analysis of food samples, carried out by the local laboratories. During the period 2002-2005, a total of 3508 samples food of plant origin were analyzed for pesticide residues, among which were 266 samples of organic farming products. Commodities were classified into groups (citrus fruits, legumes, vegetables, potatoes, processed products, cereals, and fruit other than citrus) and the outcomes of the analyses were reported by year, origin of the sample and presence/absence of pesticide residues. Results showed that the vast majority of organic farming products were in conformity with the relevant legislation and did not contain detectable pesticide residues. A limited amount of samples had residues at concentration below the Maximum Residue Limit (MRL). Only in one sample the residue level was above the MRL, however it did not pose a concern for public health, as demonstrated by the outcomes of dietary risk assessment. Organic fruits and vegetables can be expected to contain fewer agrochemical residues than conventionally grown alternatives. There is a widespread belief that organic agriculture products are safer and healthier than conventional foods. It is difficult to come to conclusions, but what should be made clear to the consumer is that "organic" does not automatically equal "safe". In the absence of adequate comparative data, additional studies in this area of research are required. SN - 0360-1234 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/17763041/Results_of_the_monitoring_program_of_pesticide_residues_in_organic_food_of_plant_origin_in_Lombardy__Italy__ L2 - https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/03601230701555054 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -